Tuesday, April 30, 2013

* The 'Luxury' on 'Paper'....

The advertisement was out in all News Papers with bold caption….

"We launch this ambitious, unique Apartment Complex with its own distinct special features…. We are specially naming the Complex as “Sparkling Mansions around Sprinkling Waters (SMSW), our prestigious Project for the next two years…. And there is a strong reason for picking up this name….

The Complex would be provided with a modern concealed lighting facility covered by colored glasses laid out all around in such a way so that when the the System is switched on, the whole Complex glitters instantly with various shades and colors and would be well visible for a few kilometers away as a Unique Structure in the city!  We are planning to spend a few lakh for this feature and are sincerely hoping that this will enchant every one living around….

“The Sprinkling Waters is a Special Scheme where in a Central Place of the Complex on a huge area, thin jets of waters will be sprayed with force from top  along with air thrown down from a number of fans arranged all round.... The waters thus evaporated instantly cool the surroundings....The place is planned to be arranged with permanent benches and tables so that the residents at any time can relax with their families and friends under this cooling effect where the heat and sweat of summer are out in no time!  This facility is estimated to cost around......... and we advise the concerned Authorities in future to collect specific charges for use of this precious facility by the bonafide residents....

We wish to say here that for use of these two extra facilities to be imported and installed in the Housing Complex Area, we have a special permission from the Authorities for their use in a liberal way.... 

"Further to these Features, The Housing Complex is equipped with the usual X X X X...."

No doubt, the Apartments in the Complex were in high demand and  in no time were booked against huge advance payments…. Soon, the individual Apartments were completed and handed over in time with the one hundred percent back up of what was promised…. And People around were all in praise for the same for a while.... The summer season approached….

As usual, there were shortages of Water and Power due to scanty rains in the year and every one thought it would only be a matter of time.... But unfortunately, the situation soon became so acute that the Authorities quickly started rationing the precious items among Public and as a first step put a total stop to the use of all luxury facilities in the City…. Thus the 'Special Features' of the Housing Complex remained shut for that summer and unfortunately the problem never ended there, the shortages continued for the whole year due to lack of rains in the following rainy season and the rations continued for the next summer….

By that time, the 'Precious Systems' of the Complex got rusted and broken down due to non use and non maintenance and there after remained only as Show Pieces around with the 'Name of the Housing Complex'  alone glittering and the 'Precious Waters' sprinkling out in thin jets from taps of the Apartment Houses!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Safe Way of Living….

“Sir! They say that if we take care of the other man and extend our help beyond expected, the return is guaranteed and peace and safety in life are assured. I understand this in principle but cannot make out the mystery behind the safety. How is that I am safe when I open my door and boldly go and help the other man who, in that situation may not be in friendly terms with me? Secondly, if I extend help and care remotely too, how is that I am safe away from the point of help?”

“Dear! I understand your predicament and I too say that as long as I have my body interest, I should lock the door of my house to safeguard myself and my body…. Meaning…. I should take care and follow the basic safety rules…. But, let me explain a little more in respect of what the Great Men of the World have said in this regard…. 

See, when you extend help anywhere, either near or far, there is an ‘Effect’ of that in the Universe as the general trend of all living beings is ‘I am for my self!’ and here, this is done in a different way …. This ‘Effect’ is nothing but a change in the mindset i.e., in thinking that ‘The self which is the cause of misery is negated temporarily through this action!’ Thus, this ‘Effect’ brings in a change in me as well as in others around in calming the ever craving for possession, the greater change being in me and the receiver! When thus, this craving is sublimated through such Noble Deed, my safety is more authentically felt in me with a feeling ‘Why should I be protected beyond?’ and in others too but at different levels more being felt by the direct recipient….That means, in principle the ‘self preserving attitude’ is lessened all around simultaneously even though the change may be infinitesimally small…. Thus this ‘Noble Action’ cools the nerves of every one, and under the calm mind the Truth is clearer…. ‘All are One!’   Now, please tell, when my surroundings and myself exist with that feeling, is that not a safe environment for me basically and for others too?”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What I had become the 'Best' today was originally my deepest desire in life to become that o!

A man at an young age started working in the line of his qualification immediately after his graduation and had put in hard and very sincere work in that direction for a period of about 10 years…. That way he had become popular in his field and was in much demand among his Employers….

But he was unhappy…. He had one strong ambition to fulfill from childhood but some how could not enter that field.... He thought, "They say, 'Better late than never!' and 'Procrastination is the thief of time!'  So, I'll firm up working in this line at least from now on wards with all dedication and for this better I resign from my present job and see that my full time is available for this task.... I am sure, soon I'll shine in this line much better than what I am today!"  Thus he thought but before firming up, consulted a well-wisher, a man of wisdom who could throw some light in that context.…

The well-wisher listened to him and straight away said, “Better you continue your present job as your profession for the rest of life and continue your ambition as a hobby only.  Never try to make a profession out of this new interest!”

The man said, “Sir! I was very much interested in this line from my childhood and even now I like to do that way. People say that you have to do ultimately that job you like the most…. My deep interest in the new line definitely makes me excel there and I am sure, soon I turn out gold…. Why are you discouraging me?”

The well-wisher smiled and said, “Dear! Continuing your present job becomes the most important entity at this point of time in your life as that alone can support your living….Today, you are known around as that professional alone and nothing else!  All Employers in your field would like to give you jobs related to that work experience without a second thought because such a good experience of yours there makes them peaceful with the thoughts that that their investments are safe.  And you are the right man who knows the best in the field being ready to meet any challenges in that line authoritatively answering those challenges as a Master in the field…. Any Customer too wants such a personality alone for his / her work and so working in this line truly supports you for the life!

If you try to change your profession now just because you have an interest, everything becomes instantly a mess!  You will be a misfit in the new line as the precious 10 years of your life had already made you an expert in some other line which you cannot undo and redo with the new line of experience….The best you can do now and any how you would be doing is to grow in this line, expand in the related areas and thus become a Controlling Authority in the present field….If I ask you frankly, tell me , how much you are known at this stage in the new line? You are totally unknown today in that line whereas there are Stalwarts who are well known….Then where is the place for you there? So, the present  ambition has no go but to remain with you only as a hobby at this moment!”

While departing the well-wisher said, “The dedication with which you have developed your profession for the last 10 years itself shows that your deep interest lies there alone and no where else! Had it not been, you would have never shone in this line so well but would have remained a mediocre by this time, that's all!”

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Sacred Effort…. Worth Millions!

The Effort with me for ever is a Precious Entity …. And it is always a double edged weapon….

It can be used for the betterment of me and the world having been exerted in the right way…. Or it can be used for the down fall of me and damage to the world having been exerted in a wrong way…. And knowing that 'Right way'  on this Earth is truly a Divine Blessing! 

Further, if the right amount of Effort from me meant for my duties is lessened, it results in constant pain and suffering…. The lessened quantum invariably goes towards excess enjoyment and laziness around and once again results in damage and suffering….

Thus this Effort of mine is to be constantly kept under surveillance to monitor the quantum as well as the direction of its exertion for my immediate good and for the ultimate good of the world as well! 

In a scenarios where the exertion of this Effort is not streamlined properly, it may a few times, result in extreme situations like….

The one depicted in a famous classical drama…. The much awaited pension papers that were followed up for quite long time, got sanctioned and delivered exactly on the day the retired man passed away being made use for supporting the burning along with the wood…. 

The one depicted in the famous joke....The ant commenting on shaking the bridge together with its friend the elephant as they both crossed the same and it shook for a while….